Fierce, related to “feral”, comes from meanings abut wildness – sometimes its use indicates a positive thing, sometimes negative, but always strong and out of control. In heraldry a “fierce” means the same as a “pale” (the vertical line named after the weapon, not the lack of color from our previous entry!)

• 1.080 The dragon’s ire more fierce than fire
• 1.083 a fierce and a jealous love,
• 1.093 as fierce as a dragon
• 1.095 It is all very well for Gandalf to talk about this hobbit being fierce,
• 1.096 and breakfast to be thought fierce.
• 1.096 it almost made him really fierce.
• 4.038 “Follow me quick!” said a voice fierce
• 5.023 whether he was fierce or hungry,
• 6.07 and fierce as the flames.
• 7.023 and hives of great fierce bees,
• 7.122 and they were fiercely angry
• 7.123 he chuckled fiercely to himself.
• 7.125 Beorn was a fierce enemy.
• 8.076 and much fiercer
• 12.022 in fierce whistling steam,
• 12.032 and the little high-walled bay had kept out his fiercest flames.
• 13.032 and he may become fierce.
• 14.023 so fierce was its flight.
• 14.028 and a fierce light was

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